The SCA Eagles made an all-day journey to southeastern Arizona in the shadow of Mount Graham, where the Varsity Girls faced the Pima High School Roughriders. With the SCA squad looking for a win on the road, Coach Bob Fredericks sent out seniors Jordan McDonald, Heather Hancock and Hayden Hancock, junior Kathryn Dick, and sophomore Brooke Hancock.
The Eagles started off the game strongly in the low post with this big lineup, Jordan McDonald and Kathryn Dick taking turns setting up Heather Hancock and Hayden Hancock on the blocks, before Kathryn Dick also overmatched her defender from the power slot. Good entry passing and aggressive moves to the bucket allowed SCA to muscle their way into a small lead before a last-gasp shot gave the Roughriders an 11-10 advantage after the first quarter.
The second quarter showcased better defense, with Heather Hancock registering two blocked shots. Jordan McDonald's driving and continued production under the basket from Brooke Hancock and Hayden Hancock kept the Eagles within one at the half.
In the second half, the trio of referees began to call the game more tightly, and Pima entered the bonus, while the Eagles relied on the fast break scoring of Brooke Hancock and Hayden Hancock, with only Baylee Tobin registering points from the free throw line. Freshman Daphne Garland earned time at the point, and SCA took at 24-23 lead at the end of three.
The fourth period was a furious and thrilling clash, as the Eagles worked through their playbook to work the rich vein of inside scoring, fast break points, and three-point shooting from sophomore Savannah Cardona to open up the largest lead of the game, five points. Opportunistic steals and quick points off turnovers in the last few minutes allowed the Roughriders to earn a single point lead, and the Eagles were not able to score in two last-second possesions, going down to a 36-37 defeat in an exciting game.
Join us at Hoopcoming on Saturday, January 18 for the rematch with eleventh-ranked 3A Valley Christian School.